Valve Adjustment on a 2001 1800


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Valve Adjustment on a 2001 1800

Postby gliskey » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:41 am



How many mile is it recommended for valve adjustment on an 1800? The owner's manual said around 39k, but would like some feedback. My 2001 has 28k miles and runs great. I don't hear any valve, or tappit noise. I am not mechanically inclined to do it myself. What is an average Honda shop charge for the deal?

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Re: Valve Adjustment on a 2001 1800

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:42 am

I think the official Honda statement is "every 32,000 miles, or more frequently if noisy." Why Honda abandoned hydraulic valve lifters on the GL1800 is beyond me.

Adjusting valve clearances is really not that big a job, and can be done by anyone with a modicum of mechanical knowledge in an hour or so (or half that for someone who has done it before). Because the cylinder heads stick out the sides of the Goldwing, the only disassembly required is the actual removal of the valve covers - a few minute's work. I would be upset with a dealer that charged me more than $150 for it.

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Re: Valve Adjustment on a 2001 1800

Postby rec45 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:41 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I think the official Honda statement is "every 32,000 miles, or more frequently if noisy." Why Honda abandoned hydraulic valve lifters on the GL1800 is beyond me.

Adjusting valve clearances is really not that big a job, and can be done by anyone with a modicum of mechanical knowledge in an hour or so (or half that for someone who has done it before). Because the cylinder heads stick out the sides of the Goldwing, the only disassembly required is the actual removal of the valve covers - a few minute's work. I would be upset with a dealer that charged me more than $150 for it.


This is correct for checking the clearance. If there is an adjustment needed, then the camshaft must be removed to change shims.
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Re: Valve Adjustment on a 2001 1800

Postby gliskey » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:54 am

Thanks for the info. I bought this 2001 last month and I changed the oil and rear drive line oil. That was easy enough. I want to change the coolant also, but not sure exactly the proceedure. I would also like to know the condition of the brake pads. All the service is obviously for peace of mind.

I bought a "Claymer" ???? shop manual for the bike, but again, I'm not much of a mechanic and it is mostly intimidating and confusing.

Other than these items mentioned, anything else that needs to be looked at at 28k miles??????

Great site, Gang..........

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Re: Valve Adjustment on a 2001 1800

Postby rec45 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:51 am

In addition to your Clymer manual I would recommend Fred Harmon's videos. I use them to complement the Honda factory manual.

They are very detailed and will show you how to do all the routine maint.

http://www.angelridevideos.com/gl1800.html


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